Key Facts

• One in every three women worldwide is likely to be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime and one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape.

• Women aged 15 - 44 are more at risk of death and disability through domestic violence than through cancer, motor accidents, war and malaria.

• Sixty million women who should be alive today are ‘missing’ because of gender discrimination which leads to sex-selective abortion and female infanticide.

• Each year 2 million girls between ages 5 and 15 are introduced into the commercial sex market.

• More than 130 million girls and women, mostly in Africa, have undergone female genital mutilation.

• Between 20,000 and 50,000 women and girls were raped in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the war in the Balkans.

• In nine Latin American countries, a rapist who marries his victim stays out of jail.

• Studies suggest that a quarter to one-third of the 170 million women and girls currently living in the European Union are subjected to male violence.

More facts and figures from:
- UN
- World Health Organisation (in 6 languages)